Urijah Faber rolled into Sacramento on Sunday night and proceeded to roll through Raphael Assuncao at WEC 46: "Varner vs. Henderson," finishing the super talented Brazilian with a third round rear naked choke.
Not only did "The California Kid" pick up a "must" win and a $10,000 bonus check, but he also earned an opportunity to fight WEC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, in the very near future.
WEC General Manager Reed Harris made the announcement during the WEC 46 post-fight press conference.
It's an opportunity, as Faber put it, "to get his belt back." And he may get the chance to do it in front of a pay-per-view (PPV) audience, which would mark the first foray for the promotion into the paid arena after a successful run on the Versus network.
Harris wanted the WEC to make the move to the PPV scene for sometime now, but has had the discipline to wait for the right moment. It would appear based on his comments this evening that the moment is now, considering it would be a difficult task to find two better fighters to make the transition a success.
Faber would certainly be the man for a PPV event -- the way the Sacramento crowd (and just about every other) welcomes should be proof enough that fans will show up to the venue and tune in to watch "The California Kid" operate.
Aldo is no slouch, either.
The electrifying Brazilian is an extremely popular fighter, mostly because of his highlight reel knockouts. Aldo battered Brown at WEC 44 to capture the belt at WEC 44 in Nov. 2009. Faber would be his first challenger for the coveted 145-pound title.
It's safe to say that Faber and Aldo together, along with a solid supporting cast, could bring in considerably large numbers.
Would you pay to see it?